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SUNDAY, May 25, 2008
10:00 am Worship Service
Call to Worship
Time of Praise
* Greeting Time
* Opening Song of Praise No. 730 ……“Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus”
* Opening Prayer and God’s Greeting
Memorial Day Tribute
* Pledge of Allegiance
* Hymn No. 799 …………………………………….. “America the Beautiful”
Prayers for our Nation
Music Ministry Club 3:16 Youth Choir
Tithes and Offerings for God’s Kingdom
Signing of the Fellowship Register
Children are dismissed for Children & Worship
* Prayer of Dedication
Living Word: I Thessalonians 3:6-13 (Page 1147)
Ephesians 6:10-20 (Page 1137)
Message Rev. Rick Oppenhuizen
“WHEN GOD COMES TO CHURCH…WE STAND FIRM!”
Prayer of Blessing on the Word
* Closing Hymn ………………………………..………………………….. “The Stand”
* Song of Departure No. 429 (Vs. 1 & Chorus)
“They’ll Know We Are Christians”
* Postlude Organist, Karen Ver Hulst
Pianist, Ruth Tacoma
ELDERS INVITATION - If you have questions, concerns, joys, or
prayer needs that you would like to share, an Elder will be available
in the front of the sanctuary following the service this morning.
TODAY AT GRACE
CHILDREN & WORSHIP
Children ages 3 & 4 meet in Fellowship Hall with
Worship Leaders Erika Wigent and Danielle Vining.
Children K – 2nd Grade meet in the choir room with
Worship Leaders Lynda Ver Merris and Janna Emelander.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES have concluded for the summer months.
NO EVENING SERVICE will be held at Grace tonight.
CALENDAR OF THE WEEK
THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2008
4:30 PM PRAYER GROUP meets in Pastor Rick’s office.
NEXT WEEK – JUNE 1, 2008
NEXT SUNDAY we will honor our 2008 High School Graduates. Pastor
Rick will continue the series “When God Comes to Church” with the
message is “We Watch Diligently!”
SPECIAL OFFERING – Our Special Offering for the month of May is
designated for the GRACE SCHOLARSHIP FUND. This fund has been
established to provide encouragement and financial assistance to
high school graduates who are going on to college. Our support and
prayers helps them as they seek self-improvement opportunities
enabling God to work His will in their respective lives. The
applicants for this scholarship must be either a baptized or
communicant member of Grace Reformed Church. This offering will
be received next week on Graduation Sunday.
SUNDAYS AT SIX - Pastor Rick will continue the study entitled “From the
Old to the New to You” where we discover Christ in the Old
Testament and in our lives as well.
PRAYERS & PRAISE
HEALTH CONCERNS – See the Prayers & Praise Line for all the prayer
concerns and praise reports.
OUR CHRISTIAN SYMPATHIES are extended to Peter Cook and family
upon the homegoing of his wife, Emajean “Pat”, on Tuesday,
May 20th at the age of 93. Pat was a lifelong faithful member of
Grace. Services were held at on Friday with Pastor Rick officiating.
CONGRATULATIONS are extended to Shawn Gerbers in becoming a
licensed candidate for Minister of Word and Sacrament. This
privilege was bestowed upon him by the South Grand Rapids Classis
on Tuesday, May 20 upon the successful completion of his seminary
studies and passing all his classis exams. Please keep Shawn and
Ashley in your prayers as they await God’s placement of them into a
specific place in ministry.
IN APPRECIATION – I want to say a big “Thank You” to the good folks
who worked so hard painting my house! It looks beautiful and
they did a great job. It was truly a blessing that they came to help
me out with such a big job. God bless all of you for being such a
blessing to me. ~Wilma Kamphuis
ELDERS & DEACONS – An Elders meeting will be held on Monday, June 2
at 6:30 pm followed by the Consistory meeting at 7:30.
FOUND – AN OLD PICTURE was found in a burgundy jewelry box that
was donated for the recent garage sale. This old picture was found
tucked inside…it may be a keepsake for the owner. Contact the office
(538-3100) if it belongs to you!
“SCHOOL KITS” Service Project for children in impoverished schools,
refugee camps, and other difficult settings in the world. You can help
by sewing cloth school bags and purchasing the specific needed
school items. See Shari Dood if you can help.
CRAN HILL RANCH is in need of volunteers for their Special Needs
Friendship Camp. Friendship camps are scheduled in June, July,
and August. Come for just 1 or all 3. Anyone 18 or older wanting to
serve this special population is encouraged to contact Mal Reeve,
Program Director at 231-796-7669 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information and volunteer forms are available from
PLEASE JOIN FELLOW CHRISTIANS at the HUB Ministries at Rogers Plaza
on May 27 at 7 PM to pray for a blessing on our Wyoming community
as ACTION (Assisting Challenged Teenagers In Our Neighborhood)
launches another week with Dr. Joseph Jennings and his message to
our Wyoming students.
NOW IS THE TIME TO PRE-REGISTER YOUR CHILDREN FOR VBS! Forms
are available on the narthex table. Return your completed form to
the marked box on the table. If you prefer, you can register your
child online at
CREW LEADERS! There will be a Crew Leader meeting on Sunday June 1
following the morning worship service.
FOOD DONATIONS for VBS can be brought to the kitchen anytime. Thank
you all so much for your donations. A few items are still needed.
Check the list on the narthex table. Questions….see or call Tymie
GAME NEEDS: There is a list of items needed for the games on the
narthex table. Won’t you please check it out and see if there is
anything you have that we can borrow, or maybe purchase some of
the items…Thanks! See Ray Zondervan if you have any questions.
WORSHIP SERVICE ASSISTANTS
Today Upper Doors: Gladys Kessel; Jim & Shelia McElroy
June 1 Upper Doors: Donna Oppenhuizen, Larry & Bernice Palma
Lower Doors: Elaine Martin
Today AM Service: Danielle Vining, Amy Grimm, Pat Ter Beek,
June 1 AM Service: Linda Emelander, Diane Maitner, Erika Wigent,
Stacy Veldheer PM Service: Donna Oppenhuizen
Prayers & Praise Line
May 25, 2008
The Prayer and Praise Line is a way to let our Grace Congregation
know about your prayer needs and praise reports.
Praise God for…
• The life and witness of Mrs. Pat Cook
• Our Veterans and those now serving in the military
• The freedom we have in this country to worship
• Our upcoming VBS Power Lab and the plans being made
• The Prayer Walks taking place in our community
• Carolyn Baker as she continues her healing process
• John De Vries, father of Lisa Braendle, who was diagnosed with
cancer and will undergo surgery on July 2
• Rick & Laura Marshall as they go through the adoption process
• Tarah Fron and the IICD Team as they work in Kaoma, Zambia
• The following friends and family members with health concerns:
Lara Class, Samantha Allan, Gordon Ver Merris, Gavin Vander Wal,
Emily Wilson, Roger Roberts, Nancy Lipscomb, Linda Tacoma,
Judy Noel, Shari Lubbers, Tina De Jong, Lucinda De Jong, Bill Burg,
Brian Benthin, Jonathan Stouten
• Friends and family serving in the military: Doug Desmarais (Keri
Boeve’s husband), Frank Senko, Matthew Halverson (Lucille
Sytsema’s grandson), Dave Vander Berg
• Our Shut-in’s including: Mrs Dorothy Church, Mrs Tena DeVink,
Mr & Mrs Ade Peterson,Mrs Miriam Schrotenboer, Mrs June Snyder,
Mrs Henrietta TeRonde, Mrs Nellie Workman, Mrs Margaret Zylstra
As other prayers are shared, you are invited to write them down and
include them in your prayers for our congregation this week. Please
keep the church informed of your prayer needs and praise reports!
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